Cardiology Articles & Stories

Cardiovascular Operations Way Overused, Critics Say

Cardiovascular Operations Way Overused, Critics Say

Coronary bypass operations, reaming out arteries with balloon-tipped catheters, and placing drug-coated wire-mesh tubes in blood vessels to keep them open are procedures performed on millions of Americans a year. But most of these expensive and sometimes risky operations may actually be unne... Read More


Chiropractic Technique Reduces Blood Pressure

Chiropractic Technique Reduces Blood Pressure

A particular chiropractic adjustment has been shown to significantly improve high blood pressure, according to recent research. "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," said study leader George Bakris, a medical doctor who is directo... Read More


Why Women Live Longer

Why Women Live Longer

Across the globe, women still live 5 to 10 years longer than men. Founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University explains why 85% of people over 100 years old are women. One large reason is the large advantage women have over men in terms of cardiovascular disease. Women de... Read More


Compound in Indian Curry Attenuates Strokes

Compound in Indian Curry Attenuates Strokes

Curry may also be a pharmaceutical. Research that's being conducted at the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is showing that curcumin, the biologically active compound in curry's main spice, turmeric, can diminish the size of blood clots in the brain. These clots form when a blood... Read More


Clumsiness and Obesity Intertwined

Clumsiness and Obesity Intertwined

Children with poor coordination could be at higher risk of obesity later in life. The research published in the British Medical Journal found that youngsters who performed least well in tests assessing cognitive and physical function were far more likely to be obese by age 33. Researchers exa... Read More


Decreased Heart Function Linked to Fat Around Organs

Decreased Heart Function Linked to Fat Around Organs

Fat collections in different body locations, such as around the heart and the aorta and within the liver, are associated with certain decreased heart functions, according to research from Boston University School of Medicine. Appearing in the journal Obesity, the study also found that measurin... Read More


Seventy Percent of Children Low In Vitamin D

Seventy Percent of Children Low In Vitamin D

Seven out of ten children in the US have low levels of vitamin D, putting them at greater risk of eventually suffering from bone disease high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors, according to research published in the online journal Pediatrics. The study was led by Dr. Michal ... Read More


Dental Cleaning May Alleviate Heart Disease Risk

Dental Cleaning May Alleviate Heart Disease Risk

In patients with mild to moderate gum disease, a trip to the dentist for tartar removal and overall cleaning has the benefit of actually reducing inflammation of the endothelium (lining) of the arteries, thus lowering the risk for heart disease, a small recent study showed. “It invo... Read More


More Cardiac Death in Women Using Antidepressants

More Cardiac Death in Women Using Antidepressants

Antidepressant use among women is associated with greater risk for sudden cardiac death, a recent study revealed.     But the reason for the link is unclear, and the fact doesn’t suggest that antidepressants should be avoided, the scientists said. In fact, it may be that... Read More


Stress, Diabetes Linked in Obese Black Women

Stress, Diabetes Linked in Obese Black Women

Obese black women may face a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to stress, a recent study suggested. Almost one-quarter of American black women have type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.     “Much attention has been given to the rol... Read More


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